Before you get an opportunity to meet a potential employer and create the desired first impression, your resume gets there to either make or break the deal. It describes your qualifications and what makes you worth hiring.
Essentially, everything you wish for your future employer to know and appreciate about you is enclosed in this one document and that’s why it must be written smartly and effectively.
What does a good resume do?
First of all, let’s understand – “What does a good, well-crafted resume do?”
– It attracts the attention of companies and recruiters
– It sells your talent, aptitude and strongest skills
– It shows that you’re a good potential employee to have onboard for a position or project
– Basically, it wins you a chance at the interview
Fresher resumes can be tough to write
As a new entrant into the workforce industry, it is stressful to write a resume because there is no solid work experience to showcase. You have to bank on your qualifications and your skill sets to bring you your very first job opportunity.
There are many factors to consider as a fresh employee starting up a job search, including things like how to spotlight education over experience on your resume.
Here’s a simple guide that can help you understand how to write a successful first resume that effectively appeals to the kind of companies you are aspiring to be a part of.
3 strategies to get your resume noticed as a fresher
Employers receive a plethora of resumes each day but for you to get a chance at that interview, you need to ensure you create a resume that stands out.
Here are three strategies that will get your resume noticed:
– Position yourself as a skilled resource
– Identify your plus points and sell them well
– Highlight your achievements
How to target the right company for you
Delve into an extensive research that will help you be more precise in terms of organizations you wish to target. Next, to match your career objectives and qualifications to your potential employers requirements, you must focus on identifying the following:
– The type of job you wish to target
– Your potential employers’ needs
– The career pathway you wish to carve
What to include in a resume for freshers
Once you’ve identified all of the above, you can start structuring your resume and while you do so, ensure that you include these sections:
– Personal contact details
– Educational Background
– Work experience (this can include internships or volunteering assignments)
– Soft skills and other relevant proficiencies
How to send your resume in the best way possible
Once your resume is ready, you have to manage where it goes. You’ve invested time and effort to create a great resume. The next step is to get it into the hands of people who can hire you, or influence hiring decisions.
You may contact employers directly, establish connections through networking, or search on the web for opportunities.
To market your resume effectively, you need to:
– Write impressive cover letters
– Begin networking on LinkedIn and other relevant social media platforms
– Post your resume across job search sites like Monster.com, glassdoor.com, Naukri.com, etc
Other helpful tips for an attractive resume
Also remember it is always helpful to place emphasis on your soft skills, mention your GPA, include business networking profile links, and use professional language.
Formatting is as important as the content in demonstrating your professionalism and eye for detail. Highlight the important stuff with bold, italics or upper-case font.
Your font style and size, and margins also create an impression on the employer’s sub-conscious mind.
It can be daunting to look for jobs that prefer experience in the field, however, sometimes employers also like to hire fresh new resources who want to learn and grow as opposed to the experienced ones. Knowing how to position yourself and convincingly sell what you can offer will make all the difference.
– Article by Vanshika Goenka, Founder and CEO, Kool Kanya (an online career oriented platform for women)
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